The Culture

Since 1972, Home Craft Days has served as a focal event celebrating the unique aspects of Appalachian culture. Artisans and musicians demonstrate the traditions of the past, emphasizing the importance of preserving the heritage of our region for future generations.

More than 40 years ago, two Mountain Empire Community College faculty members, Roddy Moore and George Reynolds, developed a project to help students learn about music, arts, and mountain life from local musicians and artists. They invited these artists to come to the campus for a celebration of Appalachian culture. Organizers named the event Home Craft Days. That first festival was one of the finest gatherings of traditional artists and mountain music in memory. The success of this first gathering spurred the creation of an annual event.

Musicians and craftspeople have continued to gather on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College on the third Saturday and Sunday in October. Home Craft Days draws thousands of visitors and is regarded as the premier event celebrating mountain culture in Southwest Virginia.

Creed Powers Tommy Wayne John Rich Bruce Privatsky Rye Cove Cloggers

Creed Powers, Tommy Wayne, John Rich, Bruce Privatsky and Rye Cove Cloggers



Mountain Empire Community College

47th Home Craft Days 2018

Children’s Activities and Lecture Schedule


CHILDREN’S AREA ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018 ONLY

CENTER OF PARKING LOT A

10:00am Darren Caruso Walnut Ink Painting on Bone
11:00am Maurice Vanhook Soap Carving
12:00pm Leigh Ann Hoover Santa Train Reading
1:00pm Mike Gilley Potholder Weaving
2:00pm Dr. Harriet Arrington Storytelling
3:00pm Denise Digh Peg Loom Weaving
4:00pm Kari Paschetto Appalachian Crafts

LECTURE SCHEDULE

GODWIN HALL

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018

10:00am Libby Bondurant & Elaine Plaster Appalachian Cooking Room 119
10:00am Leigh Ann Hoover Santa Train Reading Room 155
11:00am Jessica Bier Wood Turning Room 155
1:00pm Caron Lipe Dried Flower Crafts Room 155
2:00pm Bill Best Heirloom Seeds Room 155
3:00pm Bill Best Heirloom Seeds Room 155
4:00pm Chris Allgyer Maple Syrup Room 155
4:00pm Libby Bondurant & Elaine Plaster Appalachian Cooking Room 119

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018

10:00am Libby Bondurant & Elaine Plaster Appalachian Cooking Room 119
11:00am Jessica Bier Wood Turning Room 155
1:00pm Caron Lipe Dried Flower Crafts Room 155
2:00pm Denise Digh Peg Loom Weaving Room 155
4:00pm Michael Gilley Potholder Weaving Room 155
4:00pm Libby Bondurant & Elaine Plaster Appalachian Cooking Room 119